Bailiffgate announces a new musical project in three Coquetdale schools

Posted: 24.09.18

The schools will work with James Tait, a well-known local musician to develop original music based on traditional stories, using the unique Coquetdale dialect



                                                                               James Tait in his beloved home Territory

The project is based on the legend of the Duergar, the malicious Dwarves who live in the Simonside hills! The three schools are Thropton First, Rothbury First and Harbottle First School. James has written a play script, telling a story about the Duergar, written in Northumbrian dialect verse. He has been working with the children to produce the music and will hopefully involve local youngsters playing the music with traditional instruments. Adult singers will also be involved for the choruses!

James, a well known local musician and performer, said,

“This is a very exciting and engaging project. The children in the Coquet valley are very creative and enthusiastic and their music really is of exceptionally high quality. They are fascinated by the folklore and magical element and absolutely love saying their lines using the local dialect. The ‘Duergar’ idea has thoroughly captured their imaginations and I can’t wait to see the final product!”